Senior Course on Security Policy in Europe (SPIE)

For the past two decades, the SEDU has strengthen the knowledge and understanding of the security aspects that are of importance for the actors in the European region and its proximities.

The course will give the participants a deeper understanding of the most relevant and significant security policies, strategies and priorities in Europe by examining trends as well as analyzing policy documents and strategies. The course combines theoretical perspectives and real-life cases. The course also provides the participants with an opportunity for international networking.

The course participants are expected to reflect, analyze, and discuss the topics in a collaborative environment, and to contribute with their own knowledge and experience. The course also provides the participants with an opportunity for international networking.

Course content

The course includes the following themes and issues:

  • Regional perspectives: Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, South China Sea, and Arctic region
  • Contemporary security challenges, including among others: global risks, power dimensions, migration, polarization and extremism, hybrid threats, corruption and organized crime, deterrence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, energy security, cyber threats and warfare, European cohesion, and climate change.
  • International security in theory and practice

Course participants

We warmly welcome applications from those individuals who are working directly with security policy, defence policy and societal security related issues on the senior/strategic level, including but not limited to public servants, government officials, diplomats, academics, civil servants, military personnel, and NGO representatives.

Who can apply?

The course is part of the Swedish contribution to NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme and is primarily open for applicants from PfP and NATO countries. If the number of participants from these countries is not filled, applicants from other countries may be considered.

Qualifications and application process

Applicants should have personal experience of decision-making and strategic leadership during crises and emergencies and work for a government agency, regional and international organization, military and law enforcement agency, or private actor engaged in security policy and societal security issues.

Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement. The course is highly interactive and all course participants are expected to reflect, analyse, and apply their own experiences and knowledge as well as identify best practices throughout the course. 




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Start week

Week 49

End week

Week 50

Place of study







Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership


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Published 2020-09-03 Updated 2020-09-03